Professional Employment Opportunities

Job ID:  2018555                                                                                                                    Click Here to Apply
Title:     Associate University Librarian for Academic Engagement
Assistant Director
Academic Engagement

The UConn Library invites applications and nominations for an innovative, highly collaborative, thoughtful, nimble, and strategic leader for the Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Academic Engagement. Reporting to the Dean, the AUL will shape all facets of academic and community engagement for the UConn Library. As a member of the senior leadership team, the AUL is expected to actively engage in every aspect of the UConn Library and to serve as an ambassador and advocate for the Library with university constituencies, regional, and national organizations. Along with all UConn Library personnel, the AUL for Academic Engagement makes a positive contribution to a culture of inclusion and respect in all interactions within the Library and across the University.

The AUL for Academic Engagement reports to the Dean, UConn Library and, as a key member of the UConn Library’s senior leadership team, ensures organizational effectiveness and efficiency and shares in responsibilities for decision-making, resource management, and development of policies for library operations and services. While each AUL position has an individual area of responsibility, all AULs have responsibility for supporting a holistic library-wide approach to strategic planning and communication, and an environment of innovation and collaboration. AULs are expected to lead through promoting teamwork, diversity, and inclusiveness within UConn Library and the campus. In addition, AULs serve as the Library’s representative and advocate to relevant university, consortial, or multi-institutional groups.

The AUL for Academic Engagement provides leadership, strategic direction, and support for the development, assessment, and evaluation of the Academic Engagement units which currently includes: Access Services, Reference and Curriculum Services, and Research Services. This position is responsible for overseeing the UConn Library support for the research, teaching, and learning mission of the university by capitalizing on the trends affecting change in higher education. Specifically, these responsibilities include: overseeing services in support of information literacy; information analysis and management; teaching users to identify, interpret, and manage relevant information resources; embedded librarianship and integrated outreach, innovative user services, and raising university-wide awareness of and implementing support for scholarly communication. The AUL for Academic Engagement collaboratively establishes goals and objectives for the division and develops, evaluates, and continually improves programs and services.

The Academic Engagement division currently includes approximately 17 academic librarians, 6 staff employees, and many student employees.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Master’s degree or higher in library or information science or other relevant discipline.
  2. Minimum five years of increasingly responsible, professional, relevant work experience, with particular expertise in academic engagement.
  3. Demonstrated leadership skills, including keen analytical and conceptual abilities, the ability to influence and manage change, inspire innovation, and delegate responsibility appropriately.
  4. Demonstrated interpersonal and public communication skills including ability to serve as an advocate and spokesperson for UConn Library.
  5. Experience with supervision, staff development, mentoring, and other personnel management.
  6. Knowledge of emerging trends in higher education.
  7. Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively and to be a leader in promoting teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within UConn Library and the university.
  8. Ability to build successful partnerships at the local, regional, and national level.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience in promoting library services and engaging faculty, students, and administrators.
  2. Experience in grant writing.
  3. Experience in consortial and multi-institutional program development.
  4. Experience in developing and implementing strategic plans and projects.
  5. Experience working in an academic or research library.
  6. Evidence of scholarly publishing and research.


This is a full time position based in Storrs with an anticipated start date of September, 2018. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn and a highly desirable work environment. Salary is dependent upon education, qualifications, and experience. 


Applications must be submitted online using UConn Jobs at (reference search #2018555) and include a cover letter, detailed resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Nominations and inquiries should be sent in confidence to To ensure full consideration, inquiries and applications should be submitted by July 1, 2018. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2018555)

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on July 1, 2018.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at .

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

For information on professional employment opportunities at the UConn Library please contact:

Khara Leon
Head of Administrative Services
UConn Library
369 Fairfield Road, Unit 1005
Storrs, CT 06269-1005